Archive for the 'Taser training' Category

USA – Baltimore Death by Taser [Editorial] (2o14-05-27)

Posted on May 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This editorial seriously challenges police use of a Taser five times, in drive-stun mode, to subdue teenager, George King, in hospital. Mr King died. The taser is an electroshock weapon touted as a less lethal alternative to firearms when used by police pursuing fleeing suspects or attempting to take unruly individuals into […]

USA – Vermont bill to establish a mandatory Taser policy approved (2104-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following lengthy debate in the State Senate, a new bill is adopted by the Vermont legislature: (1) creating a police oversight committee to develop a policy for how and when police should use Tasers; (2) serious taser training and how to deal with people with mentasl illness; and mandates that all law […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police Services Board approves plan to give Tasers to more officers (2014-04-28)

Posted on April 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ottawa police to get more 1000 more tasers on a two-year trial period. The Ottawa Police Services Board unanimously approved the expanded rollout and purchase of additional Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs), also referred to as Tasers, to front-line patrol officers during a two-year study. Included will be the development a policy that will include training […]

UK – Independent Police Complaints Commission makes recommendations to force after investigations into use of Taser in custody cells (2014-04-14)

Posted on April 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two incidents in Lancashire in July and September 2013 involved Taser being used by officers attempting to carry out strip searches, and led to complaints by the detainees. Although the investigations found that the use of Taser could be justified in both instances, there were some areas of concern highlighted by the […]

UK – Wiltshire Police defend Taser use increase (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by Police in the South of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 according to the latest figures released by the Home Office. The Wiltshire Police Chief says this is because the Taser is an effective way of controlling dangerous or threatening offenders. With more Taser trained officers […]

USA – Should Vermont restrict police use of Tasers? Electronic devices described as both a deadly threat and lifesaver (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Vermont Senate committee hears conflicting view on taser deployment. Some say it should be used instead of a firearm. The ACLU warns of insufficient training has made Tasers too dangerous in Vermont and the cost of settlements. A police training director says police are trained to use a Taser when a […]

USA – Montana Taser training: Tasers’ use lessens as suspects become aware of effects (2014-04-02)

Posted on April 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police say the more people know about tasers, and the more training officers receive, the less the need to actually fire them – so use is going down. “Sometimes just un-holstering is enough,” Lt. Mark St. Pierre of Butte (pop. 34,000) explained. police are increasing training and education regarding Tasers and that […]

NEW ZEALAND – More police get Taser, gun training (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

Dominion Post News [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 700 more New Zealand police will be trained to use firearms and Tasers from July this year, meaning they will attend “high risk” situations armed with Tasers or firearms, About 5700 of police’s 8,100 district staff will receive training in the M4 rifle, Glock pistol and Taser as Level […]

USA – Vermont: Taser guidelines debated in Montpelier (2013-02-27)

Posted on February 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Vermont lawmakers are weighing whether to require all police agencies to have to meet the same training and use standards for stun guns following like the death of a Thetford man, Macadam Mason, tasered by a trooper. The local ACLU is calling for a uniform policy. Taser use is down substantially: 80 […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Just 150 of Montreal’s 4,500 cops have Taser training (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an article in La Presse, a call is made for arming more Montreal police with tasers: “Only 150” of them are currently trained to use Tasers. This follows the death of Alain Magloire, 42, who was gunned down Monday morning after brandishing a hammer. Mario Hamel, a psychiatric patient, was also […]

BRAZIL – Escola de Instrutores Master da TASER de Dispositivo Eletrônico de Controle (DEC) [TASER Master Instructor certification course in Brazil] (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : As TASER Inc. is developing its burgeoning new market in Brazil where it has already announced it may be setting up a manufacturing plant. Here are the contents of a “master course” for training taser-instructors (google-translated from the Portuguese – see original below in italics). Are three days really enough time […]

UK – London police officers’ use of Taser stun guns increases by 88% in a year (2014-01-28)

Posted on January 28 2014 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 2011-2012 – 88% increase in the use of tasers by London Police. 3,700 officers have been trained to use them. But tasers were fired only 112 times in 2011 and 136 times in 2012, and 43 times in the first quarter of 2013. Officers are logged as using the weapon even […]

USA – Hamden, Connecticut: Epileptic man files suit against Hamden police over use of Taser (2014-01-26)

Posted on January 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Man tasered while having an epileptic fit on January 18. Robert Marzullo of Hamden has filed a lawsuit against the town and the Police Department after he was Tasered by two officers while having an epileptic seizure in his car. Mr Marzullo drove off the road, hit a wall. Police intervened when […]

USA – Santa Ana, California: Kelly Thomas trial – 2 former Fullerton cops found not guilty [in taser death of Kelly Thomas] (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two former Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless mentally ill man, have been found not guilty on all charges. Mr Thomas, 37, died five days after a violent confrontation with six officers in July 2011. The incident was caught on surveillance video. A jury found that […]

NEW ZEALAND – ‘Tasers safe’, police say (2013-12-18)

Posted on December 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police claim that Tasers are turning out to be one of the safest options for police needing to use force. 255 situations in the Auckland City District and discharged against 40 people since they were rolled out in 2010 until June 30 this year. “Police staff are however trained to provide the […]

CANADA – Saskatoon: Saskatchewan police officers to start carrying Tasers this week (2013-12-16)

Posted on December 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police officers in Saskatoon are to begin carrying Tasers on Wednesday, following 11 hours of training online and in a classroom. The police have purchased 44 tasers and say the media and the public will be made aware each time the device is used. Tasers are only to be used in a […]

CANADA – Ottawa, Ontario – Taser-toting officers face more training and reporting (2013-11-27)

Posted on November 27 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Ottawa police carrying Tasers will face additional training hours and more stringent reporting requirements as part of new use-of-force guidelines released by the province of Ontario and be required be required to complete 12 hours of training, up from eight. Officers will now have to fill out the forms any […]

USA – Stun gun study by Ohio police targets improvements (2013-11-13)

Posted on November 13 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A new report by nine Ohio police agencies aims to improve taser use standards, but that there’s still more work to be done. Tasers – wrongly reported here as being used in 100 countries – in the report “may carry the risk of injury or death to the offender.” The […]

CANADA – Ottawa Police union echoes chief’s comments in face of ombudsman’s criticisms (2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The head of the Ottawa police union accepts police oversight (the minimum!), but, like the police chief, says there isn’t a pressing need for talks around de-escalation tactics here because local officers already do it all the time. “To echo the chief’s comments, we already do a lot of de-escalation. […]

IN-DEPTH: USA – Tasers, Intended As Nonlethal Weapons, Kill Far Too Often (2103-11-04)

Posted on November 4 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A Connecticut Fox-TV reporter raises many of the disturbing issues relating to tasers. Some say taser use has to stop, as in the case of Seth Victor, 40, – and 12 other men in Connecticut – who died in September after he was tasered. West Hartford police are being sued […]